Meet the Women of Abruzzo

Meet the Women of Abruzzo

Forte e gentile…strong and kind. This is what is said about the Abruzzese people. They’ve had to endure their fair share of poverty and hardship yet they’ve emerged with an indomitable spirit of survival, grace and loyalty to their “territorio.” And in particular, the women of Abruzzo personify these traits.  For my small-group tours, I’ve […]

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Join Me in Abruzzo

Join Me in Abruzzo

  Dear Friends, I am infinitely proud and excited to invite you to join me for my first ever Food + Nature seven-day tour in the region of Abruzzo this summer – please visit http://www.majellahomecooking.com/abruzzo-tour/ This unique trip has been years in the making – since the time I started Majella Home Cooking, I’ve dreamed […]

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The Carciofi Trials

The Carciofi Trials

Every spring, my Facebook and Instagram feeds are flooded with photos of perfect, robust, purple-tinged artichokes from markets in and around Rome.  Food writer and Rome expert Elizabeth Minchilli even coined a cute and clever IG hashtag dedicated to the thistle – #carciofogram. I have a pretty uncomplicated love-hate relationship with artichokes. Love to eat […]

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Exploring Abruzzo

Exploring Abruzzo

I’m very excited to introduce a new page on the Majella Home Cooking website dedicated to my favorite towns, restaurants, sights and people (!) in Abruzzo. Of course, this list doesn’t even nick the surface – there are countless charming villages, agriturismi that offer outstanding traditional cooking, beautiful churches and castles, breathtaking vistas and pristine […]

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Nice Lemon Cookies

Nice Lemon Cookies

I love the Italian custom of adding the word “bello” to describe a mundane action, object or food – thus, elevating “il quotidiano” – the everyday – to something special.  “Prendiamo un bel caffe” – Let’s have a nice coffee.  “Facciamo una bella passeggiata” – Let’s take a nice walk.  “Mangiamo un bel piatto di […]

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